Fidel Nadal Crucial Cuts
- Words: Max Herman
- Label: Nacional
- XLR8R Rating: 7/10
Following a split from ska/punk act Todos Tus Muertos, Argentine reggae artist Fidel Nadal has gone on to release more than a dozen albums on the solo tip. On Crucial Cuts, Latin music imprint Nacional gathers some of his more notable work from the past decade to create a 17-song collection rife with relaxed riddims. While blatantly influenced by roots reggae on traditional-leaning tracks such as “Emocionado,” Nadal proves he has traversed the terrain of Latin and Afro-Caribbean music. On “La Puerta Negra,” Nadal taps into reggaeton, banda, and hip-hop for a curious concoction that actually works. For an alternative perspective on reggae, this retrospective is worth a listen.
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